Healing Lingamasa to save Shire River

  Seventy community members from Mangochi made an all-important trip to the country’s power generation station, Nkula. This was in 2015 and the objective was to understand the source of electricity and its intricacies. Senior Chief Jalasi led the team comprising 20 group village heads (GVHs) under his jurisdiction, lead farmers and area development committee…

Tempers flare at mining meet in Mangochi

  Tempers flared at a mining meeting in Mangochi last week as chiefs and members of the community expressed dissatisfaction with the approach authorities are taking in handling illegal mining in the district. The meeting, organised by Natural Resources Justice Network (NRJN), brought together chiefs, religious leaders, residents around the areas where mining is taking…

Dying crops under attack

  In her late 50s, Lalichiledye Disi has three children and six grandchildren to feed. The woman in Nsanyira Village, Traditional Authority (T/A) Mponda in Mangochi owns a  maize field which used to produce about 20 bags-enough to take her family to the next harvest, she says. But Abiti Disi may not even harvest five…

Widowed by unsafe abortion

Time heals, so they say. But Humphrey Zembeni, 46, is still hurt almost four years since his wife died of complications of unsafe abortion. “Time has failed to heal the wound created by my wife’s departure,” says the man who raises five children single-handedly. Zembeni lost sight to measles when he was two years old.…

Chinese national arrested over K4.2m forex

Police at Kamuzu International Airport (KIA) in Lilongwe on Thursday foiled an attempt by a Chinese national to illegally externalise foreign exchange worth K4.2 million to China. KIA Police spokesperson SapulainChitonde told Malawi News Agency (Mana) the suspect, Liqiong Chen, was scheduled to travel to China on flight number SA171 through South Africa and she…

Lightning kills boy in Lilongwe

  Lightning killed a 10 year-old-boy on Monday in Lilongwe’s Senti residential area and also injured three other children the deceased was playing with, police confirmed. Witnesses told Malawi News Agency (Mana) that the lightning struck the four boys in the afternoon while they were running to take shelter from the rains which had just…

Two die over K100 bet in Lilongwe

  A fight between two young men over a K100 bet ended in a tragedy in Lilongwe on Thursday as they both lost their lives. The incident took place at a pub in Area 49 along Kaunda Road. Police have confirmed the incident and they have identified the two as Wanangwa Nyirenda, age not advised,…

Nigerian arrested for attempting to externalise $26 000

  A 39-year-old Nigerian woman was on Monday arrested at Kamuzu International Airport (KIA) for allegedly attempting to externalise foreign exchange amounting to $26 150 (about K15 million). KIA Police spokesperson Sapulain Chitonde-Lee said in an interview the Nigerian, identified as Emanuella Ifeoma, was arrested in the departure lounge after a security check. “Our officer,…

Chinese ivory smuggler fined K50 000

  The Mkukula Magistrate’s Court in Dowa on Wednesday found Chinese national Zhang Hongzhi guilty of illegal exportation of ivory. The court convicted Zhang and ordered him to pay K50 000 fine or serve a year in prison in default. Zhang, 46, was arrested at Kamuzu International Airport (KIA) on Saturday after security checks revealed…